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Nine Liberal MPs using Liberal donor for printing

Friday, 28 September 2018
By Wayne Robinson

Printing with Zion Graphics: Alex Hawke MP

No less than nine state and federal MPs have reportedly been sending print to Zion Graphics, a print management company owned by a Liberal branch president, who is also Liberal party donor.

The MPs include three federal and six NSW representatives, only two of whom – Alex Hawke and David Elliot – have Zion Graphics in their constituencies.

Questions have been raised regarding the cosy arrangement where Liberal MPs from all over Sydney are sending their print to a Liberal party donor, especially one who doesn’t do any actual printing but just takes a clip – reportedly eye-watering – for handling the work.

Zion Graphics, owned by Bella Vista Liberal branch president Rudy Limantono, has handled hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of print for the nine MPs.

Limantono has personally donated $9399 to the Liberal Party, while Hillsview Pacific, which owns Zion Graphics, and of which Limantono is the sole director, has also donated, to the tune of $19,254.

Zion Graphics has no website, no facebook, and the phone number is registered at the McMansion residence in Bella Vista of Limantono. The company is operating as a print management business, with design and mailing also part of the service. It has no inhouse printing facility.

Local MP Alex Hawke is believed to have spent more than $500,000 with Zion Graphics over the past 11 years.

Zion Graphics owner Limantono is the Bella Vista Liberal branch president, and as well as being a donor to the Liberal party, is reportedly a major backer of Hawke in his battle to keep his seat from a different faction in the local Liberal party.

Limantono’s business is located within Mitchell, Hawke’s federal electorate, and Baulkham Hills, Elliott’s state electorate.

However it is more then 25kms from the office of the NSW state Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, a similar 24kms from Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres Penrith office, and 20km from social services Minister Paul Fletcher’s Pymble office, all of whom have reportedly used its services.

Records show that Hawke, NSW social services minster Paul Fletcher, and another Federal Liberal MP who uses Zion, Julian Leeser, spend significantly more on printing than neighbouring MPs, despite being in safe seats.

In the last period for which records are available April 2017 to June 2018, of those MPs that used Zion Graphics, Fletcher was the biggest user of print, spending $309,056.27 on printing and communication. During the same period Hawke spent $298,808.32, while Leeser spent $207,705.13 on print and communication for his Berowra constituency.

By way of comparison Scott Morrison spent $179,063.10 in Cook during the same period, while Tony Abbott spent $184,905.91 in Warringah, both of them having smaller majorities than the big spending trio above..

The MPs using Zion Graphics include Federal families and social services minister Paul Fletcher; federal backbencher Julian Leeser; NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet; NSW minister for mental health, women and ageing Tanya Davies; NSW minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres; NSW minister for innovation and better regulation Matt Kean; NSW member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor; and NSW member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott use Zion Graphics to print documents including newsletters, flyers and community surveys.

All parties involved have denied any wrongdoing.

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